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Impact of School Closures

The Ministry of Education has announced in a few occasions that schools will switch to home-based learning, which may affect Exams should these measures be taken during exam season.

Overview ↓

Closures of schools by the Ministry of education are in addition to the changes the IBO announced to the May 2021 examination period on May 4th 2021 and to the reduced assessment model for May 2021, which the IBO announced last year. This page was last updated on 21st June 2021. If you have any questions about the information on this page you can contact EIB at contact@eliteib.sg.

Overview

With the government of Singapore stepping up measures in response the latest B1617 strain of COVID-19, the Ministry of Education closed schools and moved students to home-based learning on 16th May. During this period, the exams were allowed to continue following safe management measures laid down by the Ministry of Education. However, you may have questions on how exam cancellations may potentially affect how the grades are awarded should they disrupt the next exam season in November 2021.

In light of the concerns which have arisen from the uncertainty with exam/non-exam routes, we have summarised how grades and diplomas will be awarded should schools be forced to interrupt the remaining exams.

The awarded diploma certification will be the same between any exam or non-exam route. This has been stated in this announcement from the IBO. As such we would expect that there would be the same level of recognition for the diploma awarded should the last part of the exams be cancelled.

If a student has already sat ALL the exams of a subject, they will be awarded the results as per the usual exam route for that subject. You can see the details of the exam and coursework weighting in our May 2021 IB Exam Changes page.

If a student has not yet sat ANY exams of a subject, they will be awarded results as per the non-exam route of that subject. The non-exam route grade assignment system is also described on our May 2021 IB Exam Changes page.

If a student has sat SOME of their exams for a subject, they will be awarded a grade based on the IBO’s missing marks process. This is a previously-established process, described in the IBO’s general regulations. The relevant section is as follows:

Marks for the missing component will be calculated using an established procedure and based on the candidate’s marks for completed components as well as on the distribution of marks of other candidates in the same subject...The determination of a mark for a missing component by statistical means and “consideration” (as described in article 18.4) will not be applied to the same subject/level being assessed.

As always, we will keep this and our Exam Changes pages updated with any new information. Do feel free to get in touch with us at contact@eliteib.sg with any queries, either relating to the recent exam changes, or how best to prepare yourself or your child for the latest requirements in the IBDP.

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